Caldwell Flake Interiors is a mother and daughter based design studio in Birmingham, Alabama. The child of a designer, Lisa Flake grew up surrounded by fabrics, blueprints, renderings, wallpaper samples and endless creative brainstorming. She was raised to take note of beauty in everything around her. In 1998, Lisa joined her mother in the design field and brought with her boundless enthusiasm and natural talent. By listening, observing and taking a fearless creative approach, she can transform a room into a work of art, while seamlessly incorporating convenience, practicality and the clients distinct individuality.
Lisa's philosphy is that every home has something to say.She believes it is their task to collect and bull together the elements that give it a voice. To unearth a home's hidden talents and foster its capacity for creative expression. To teach it to sbeak in terms of space, light. color: shape and texture. To compose visual anecdotes that are all at once classic, curious and calming. Our task is to seek out the true character of a home. To capture the pure essence of the people who love to live there. And to beautifully set the stage for the daily acts of life to unfold.
When designing a room, where’s the best place to start?
I always like to build from the rug up. It’s so much easier to start with a rug and then pick fabrics and paint colors because you have so much more control over paints and fabrics than you do finding the perfect rug plus the rug is usually an investment. If you decide you don’t want a custom rug, but would prefer a neutral cut carpet then I start with fabrics.